I recognize the feeling! I won the auction for a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperial Monkstraps (I know that brand is not recommended at this forum, but at my budget... And judging from the construction they are at least not as bad as the nowadays Florsheim's i've seen pictures of, they're actually rather good judged by my rather untrained eye) that was advertised here some weeks ago.
$27.5 was the winning bid. Got them two days ago, looked completely unused except for a little wear on the soles. The insoles are in mint condition, so they cannot have been used for long. Polished them, and bang! They've become my favorite shoes. (although I have just started my collection)